14 Home Automation Ideas from a Virginia Security Expert

Wondering if you’re using your smart home products to their fullest extent?

The answer: Probably not.

That’s because there are just so many ways to make your life more comfortable, convenient and cost-effective with home automation. So to help you maximize your smart home abilities, we’ve provided some home automation ideas below.


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Early morning motivation ideas

Home automation can make waking up easier and your mornings more productive.

#1

A half hour before your alarm goes off, your bedroom lights will gradually brighten.

What you’ll need:

  • Smart home app*
  • Smart light dimmer with a built-in gradually brightening timer

*Richmond Alarm provides smart home apps with the majority of our alarm system packages. See and compare our packages here.

#2

Once you’re out of bed and in the bathroom, set up a voice command like, “Hey Google, coffee time” to automatically start brewing coffee. By the time you’re out of the shower, a fresh pot of coffee awaits you.

What you’ll need:

  • Your preferred voice assistant (Google home, Alexa, etc)
  • A coffee maker that’s connected a smart plug

Burglary deterrence ideas

#3

Set up a task on your smartphone app that simultaneously closes the blinds, turns on the living room lights and blasts music. Use this anytime you want to showcase a burst of activity to suddenly make it look like you’re home.

What you’ll need:

  • Smart home app
  • Smart blinds
  • Smart lighting
  • Smart speakers

#4

Set up a rule on your smartphone app that will automatically close the garage door once it senses that you’re not at home and have left for work. This way, you never have to worry about whether or not you left your home’s biggest door wide open.

What you’ll need:

  • A smartphone app with geo-services
  • A smart garage door opener

#5

Set timers so that your outdoor security lights come on at dusk every night to help deter burglars.

What you’ll need:

  • A smart home app
  • Outdoor security lights
  • Smart switches (that connect to your outdoor lights)

“Welcome home” ideas

Set up your smart home so that it anticipates your needs the moment you step in your front door.

#6

Set up an automated task that tells your thermostat to reset to a more comfortable temperature (vs an energy-efficient temperature while you’re at work) once you’re 10 miles from home.

What you’ll need:

  • A smart home app with Geo-services
  • A smart thermostat

#7

Set up an automated task for your home’s interior and exterior lights to automatically turn on as you drive up to the house.

What you’ll need:

  • A smart home app with Geo-services
  • Smart lighting

#8

As you walk up the driveway, your front door unlocks automatically and music starts playing inside the house to welcome you home.

What you’ll need:

  • A smart home app with Geo-services
  • Smart locks
  • Smart speakers

Energy-friendly ideas

#9

Automate your home’s lights so they are never at full brightness.

What you’ll need:

  • A smart home app
  • Smart light dimmers

#10

Set sprinklers to respond automatically to weather conditions, so that you’re not watering the lawn on rainy days.

What you’ll need:

  • A smart home app
  • A smart sprinkler controller with a built-in rain sensor

#11

Set a schedule so that your home’s thermostat automatically adjusts to a more energy-friendly temperature while you’re at work but then starts resetting to a more comfortable temperature 30 minutes before you typically get home.

What you’ll need:

  • Smart thermostat

Bedtime ideas

#12

Set your home’s lights on a timer so that an hour before bedtime your home’s harsh, overhead lighting turn off and lamps switch on throughout the home that use soft, warm light (warm light induces melatonin, which promotes sleepiness).

What you’ll need:

  • A smart home app
  • Smart lighting (WiFi-controlled light bulbs)

#13

Set your TV on a timer so that an hour before bedtime your TV turns off and relaxing music turns on.

What you’ll need:

  • Smart TV
  • A voice assistant that supports timer-based tasks
  • Smart speakers

#14

Set up a voice command such as “Goodnight, Alexa” that you can use once you’re in bed to simultaneously shut off all lights in the house, lock the doors and lower the thermostat to your desired sleeping temperature (lower temperatures promote sleep).

What you’ll need:

  • A voice assistant/smart home hub
  • Smart lighting
  • Smart locks
  • Smart thermostat

Want more smart home ideas? Just contact our Virginia security experts

Richmond Alarm Companies has served the Virginia area for over 70 years. We’ve helped countless homeowners improve their lives with custom-designed home automation systems. Plus, we offer an easy-to-use smart home app that lets you control all all of your home’s devices from a single place.

No matter how simple or complex your home automation needs, we can handle it all.

Just contact us